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January 2, 2012
Walker's status to be assessed Wednesday


Jim Harbaugh today said that tight end Delanie Walker's broken jaw will be re-examined Wednesday, which will give the 49ers a better indication of whether the tight end can rejoin the 49ers during the playoffs. Walker's jaw was broken on Dec. 19 when he took a knee to the side of his face, and he had surgery the following week to wire it shut.

The 49ers' bye week gives the 49ers some leeway in deciding whether to keep him on the active roster or to place him on injured reserve and sign another tight end. Practice squad tight end Konrad Reuland is a candidate if Walker cannot rejoin the team this month.

Meanwhile, Harbaugh was optimistic that both Kyle Williams (concussion) and Ted Ginn (ankle) would be available soon, perhaps for the 49ers' next practice on Thursday. He also said he was content with the performances of replacements Joe Hastings and Brett Swain. "I feel like we wouldn't have to bring anybody in," Harbaugh said when asked if the team still was considering adding another wideout.

photo courtesy of Walker's Twitter account, @dwalk46. Walker on Monday wrote: "this is what i look like right now."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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